Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015 “Poetic Justice”

“O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done wonderful things,” (Psalm 98:1

   

Good Morning Everyone! What a blessing it is to have awakened to this new day the Lord has made.

It’s no secret to those of you who know me that music and poetry hold a special place in my heart. From elementary school days, I have enjoyed singing songs and writing poems, and even composing an occasional song or two. I recently attended a denominational meeting (which admittedly are rather lugubrious), where a retiring pastor was honored for his many years of service to the church. Among his many accomplishments was the writing of the lyrics of a hymn included in our hymnal called “Come Sing O Church In Joy.” The first verse of the hymn goes like this:

                                                          Come sing, O Church, in joy! Come join, O Church, in song!                                                                                                         For Christ the Lord has led us through the ages long!                                                                      In bold accord, come celebrate the journey now and praise the Lord!

I admire those who possess a gift of expressing their love of God poetically. In fact, I believe it is an endeavor that more Christians should strive to cultivate. Many of us have been inspired by such endeavors, be they great, soaring works or even a simple children’s rhyme. In the past, I have shared how my first notions of the love of God were sparked by my initial hearing of “Jesus Loves Me”. Now no one would argue that this simple rhyme is a soaring epic of poetic genius, but consider how many hearts and lives have been touched because a woman named Susan Warner wrote this little verse, spoken as comforting words to a dying child, in a novel called “Say and Seal”, and later put to music by her sister Anna. I believe there are many poems and many songs dwelling in the hearts of Christians just waiting to be written. To worship God in such fashion is truly “poetic justice.” Eugene Peterson, who wrote a modern translation of the Bible called “The Message”, says,

“Isn’t it interesting that all of the biblical prophets and psalmists were poets?”

Poetic expression of praise is obviously pleasing to God. The entire Book of Psalms gives testimony to that reality. Today, I would like to encourage you to unleash that song of praise to God that is in your heart. It doesn’t need to be as majestically soaring as Handel’s “Messiah”. It may not be memorized by countless future generations as was David’s 23rd Psalm. Children may not joyfully sing it as they do “Jesus Loves Me.” But it will be pleasing to God.      “O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done wonderful things” Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father, God of Grace…I come this day seeking Your face…Mighty Savior, Lord of Love…You came to earth from heaven above…Because of You my heart does sing…this prayer of praise to you I bring. With joyful words I will proclaim….the greatness of Your Holy Name. Amen!

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